I'm so sorry that I've took so long to update, but I'm had so much going on with starting at Uni and all that! But I'm back now!
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Hope you enjoy this one!
~ CHAPTER FOUR ~
MOVING OUT AND COMFORT
The next morning Emily was woken up by the sound of her parents arguing once again. She sighed as she felt tears form in her eyes and slowly fall down her cheeks. Emily realised that today was the last day her father would be living in their house and that upset her even more. In fact, as Emily got dressed the tears poured down her cheeks with increasing ferocity, especially as she heard the argument between her parents getting louder and louder and increasingly more ferocious.
Emily hated to admit it but she was nervous about going outside her room, because she knew that she would probably get shouted at, which was worse than getting ignored like she would from tomorrow when her parents went back to work. Emily took a deep breath and walked quietly out of her room and to the kitchen, trying desperately to stay out of the way of her parents.
Emily made herself a bowl of cereal, and sat at the table to eat it when suddenly, both of her parents stormed into the kitchen, paying no attention whatsoever to their daughter.
"You want plates and bowls to move into your apartment do you?" screamed Carol Johnson hysterically.
"Of course I do!" bellowed Peter Johnson "I paid for them!"
"Well here are your plates and bowls!" screeched Carol.
Then suddenly, without warning Carol took hold of various plates and threw them to the floor, smashing them into a million tiny pieces. Emily, who had not been expecting this jumped in an alarmed fashion, and flinched away from the noise while sobbing quietly to herself. However, her mother didn't stop there and proceeded to smash more bowls and plates around, as well as throwing Emily's father's suitcase out of the door.
To Emily's horror, a few minutes later her Dad walked out of the house taking all of his stuff with him and bellowing as he walked out of the door,
"I hope I never see you again!"
"The feeling is mutual!" screamed Carol, slamming the door behind him.
The fact that Emily's father had left so suddenly and had not even stopped to say goodbye to his daughter upset Emily immensely, but she knew she had to hold back the tears as she would get no sympathy from her mother. As if to reinforce this point, a couple of minutes after her Dad had left, Emily's Mum said in a vicious voice,
"I'm going to work; I won't be back until late!"
Emily didn't question her mother, she had learnt not to. Emily had learnt that her parents worked late and that was the end of it, no questions asked, it was easier like that, although it hurt Emily that her parents refused to let her into their lives and ignored her completely.
Without another word or even a glance in her daughter's direction, Emily's mother walked out of the house, slamming the door behind her. Once she was gone, Emily felt an overwhelming urge to cry, but she knew that before she gave way to her emotions she had to clean up the mess her parents had left. So, while running completely on adrenaline, blocking out her emotions, Emily grabbed the dustpan and brush, and swept up the pieces of broken china, before putting them in the bin, being very careful not to cut herself. All through this arduous process Emily could feel herself close to tears, but she held them back long enough to sweep everything up and walk to her bedroom.
Once she was in the safety of her bedroom, Emily decided to phone Reese, she couldn't do this on her own and she needed him to help her. With this in mind, Emily grabbed her phone and found Reese's number in her phone, and pressed the "call" button, while trying desperately to hold her tears back. The phone rang a few times before Reese's voice said,
"Hey Reese!" said Emily, trying to make her voice sound upbeat "it's Em!"
"Oh, hey Em!" said Reese brightly "what are you up to?"
"Not much, I'm in the house on my own." said Emily, swallowing the lump in her throat.
"Are you?" said Reese worriedly "are you all right?"
"Not really," said Emily truthfully "I don't really know if I'm all right."
"Do you want to talk about it Em?" asked Reese gently "I've got time, I'm not doing anything, just sat here reading."
"Can you come over?" asked Emily, her voice shaking with tears "it's OK if not, I just wandered. I could do with the company! My Mum's gone to work, and my dad stormed out this morning when he wasn't supposed to leave until this afternoon, I don't know what I'm going to do!"
"Oh Em, that's terrible!" said Reese "I'll come over straight away."
"You don't have to if you're busy." said Emily regretfully.
"No I'm not busy." said Reese, who was already pulling his jacket on "I'll come over right now!"
"Are you sure?" asked Emily.
"Yes." said Reese.
"Thank you." said Emily "the gate to the back garden is open, so go through that and my bedroom is the second window, do you think you can climb through it? I'll help you if you want."
"Yeah I'll get through it." said Reese "I'll be there in a second."
"OK, see you in a second." said Emily.
"Yeah, ok." said Reese.
Emily and Reese both hung up at the same time and Emily crossed the short distance from her bed to her window, opened it and looked outside, waiting for Reese to appear.
Sure enough, within a couple of minutes Emily saw Reese walking through the gate and up the garden, towards her open window. When he saw Emily, Reese smiled, and walked a bit faster. Emily managed a smile too, despite the fact that she could feel tears overtaking her.
Reese got to Emily's bedroom window and climbed inside Emily's room with ease, as Emily stood back, trying to compose her emotions. Reese stood up straight and looked Emily directly in the eyes before saying,
"Em are you all right?"
"Yeah I think I am." said Emily, hoping her smile didn't look fake.
"I don't think you are," said Reese "the twinkle that was in your eyes when I left you last night has disappeared."
"I'm just tired!" said Emily, in what she hoped was a convincing voice.
"Come on Em," sighed Reese "you and I both know that's not the truth don't we? Have your parents been arguing again, or is it because your Dad moved out?"
"Both!" said Emily, her voice breaking as she replied.
"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Reese in a caring voice, as he put his hand on Emily's shoulder.
"I don't want to bother you with all my problems Reese," said Emily "you have better things to do."
"Em, I want to know what's wrong, you won't be bothering me." said Reese truthfully "tell me what's wrong?"
"I don't even know where to start!" said Emily dejectedly, as she walked over to her bed, sat down and put her head in her hands.
It upset Reese to see Emily like this. He hadn't known her for long, but it had upset him yesterday when he had saw her upset, so seeing Emily hurting this badly again, hurt Reese more than he ever could have imagined.
Reese walked slowly over to where Emily was sat on the bed, taking a deep breath to steady his own emotions before he sat down next to Emily and put his arm around her shoulders.
"Take your time Em, we have all day." said Reese gently.
Emily sat in silence for a few minutes while she contemplated how to tell Reese what had happened. Reese sat with Emily, just keeping his arm around her and not saying anything. Reese knew that if he pushed Emily into talking, it would have the opposite effect and she would become silent instead, so he sat with Emily patiently waiting for her to talk.
"I can't believe my Dad's gone!" said Emily sadly, when she broke the silence.
"It'll be all right Em," said Reese "you'll still see him and it will get easier, I promise. You might not think it right now but it really will get easier!"
"He just left without even saying goodbye!" said Emily, as a few stray tears fell down her cheeks.
"Really?" said Reese, pulling Emily closer to him and squeezing her shoulders in a comforting manner "oh Em, that's terrible! I didn't know. He still loves you, you know that don't you?"
"I don't think either one of my parents care about me." said Emily, sighing as more stray tears fell down her cheeks.
"I'm sure they do," said Reese "they just don't show it."
"Maybe," said Emily "it just hurts that my Dad left without a second's thought about me."
"What happened when he left Em?" asked Reese gently.
"I was eating breakfast when I heard my Mum and Dad having a huge argument," said Emily, getting more and more upset "they came into the kitchen and were arguing about the china that my dad wanted to take with him, and it all got really vicious and my Mum threw the china on the floor, smashing it. Then my Dad left and Mum went to work and no one paid any attention to me!"
"Em, that's terrible," said Reese in a shocked voice "are you all right? You're not hurt are you?"
"Yes and no," said Emily truthfully "I'm all right physically, but I don't know about emotionally and mentally."
"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Reese, tucking a lock of hair behind Emily's ear.
"I don't even know how I feel!" said Emily, almost hysterically.
"Just take your time," said Reese calmly "think about it and if you still don't know how you feel, just say everything that's in your head and your heart. I'll be here to listen, I'm not going anywhere."
"You mean it?" asked Emily.
"Yeah," said Reese, smiling warmly "I belong here with you and nowhere else, that's the truth."
There was a short silence between Reese and Emily, as Emily let Reese's words sink in. Normally if someone said that to her, she wouldn't believe them, but she instantly believed Reese, so she decided that she had to tell him what was going on in her head. Emily took a deep breath before starting to speak.
"I'm mixed up inside." she said, as some tears fell down her cheeks.
"What do you mean Em?" asked Reese.
"I'm scared, because my family is breaking up and I don't know what to do about it. Also I'm scared because of the arguments my Mum and Dad are having. I feel alone, because I never see my parents and now they're divorced, which makes it worse. I'm upset because of their divorce. I feel like their divorce and arguments are my fault. I feel angry because they don't pay attention to me. I feel lost because there seems to be no direction in my life because they don't pay attention to me. I feel like my life's spinning out of control and there's nothing I can do because I'm invisible and I don't matter and I feel like I'm falling deeper and deeper into a hole of despair and no one is going to be there to catch me!" said Emily, in a voice that sounded like it was going at a million miles an hour.
Before Reese could say anything or even react, Emily broke down in hysterical and heartbreaking sobs. Reese did the only thing that made sense at the time and hugged her tightly. Emily leant into Reese desperately seeking comfort, but Reese could not get a proper grip on her while he was hugging her, so he lifted Emily up and placed her inside his lap, and hugged her tightly.
Reese was glad that Emily didn't seem to mind being in his lap, because he didn't want her to panic about anything else, and besides, with Emily in his lap, it gave Reese a chance to hug her more tightly. However, there was also the fact that for both Emily and Reese, being in each other's arms like this felt so natural, even though it had never happened before.
"Shh Em, it's all right," said Reese quietly "just try and calm down, you'll be all right. I promise you that!"
"It's all m-m-my f-fault Reese!" sobbed Emily.
"No Em it's not." said Reese gently "don't you ever think that, it's not your fault and it never will be!"
"I d-don't k-know w-w-what t-t-to d-d-do Reese!" cried Emily.
"Well at the moment," said Reese soothingly "you just need to stay with me so I can calm you down, and we'll work out the rest later, trust me."
"R-Really?" stammered Emily.
"Yeah," said Reese in what he hoped was a reassuring voice "and by the way Em, you know you said you felt lost at the moment? Well I'll always find you, I'd search forever to find you, and I'll stop your world spinning out of control, I'll be able to see you when you're invisible and most of all I'll be there to catch you when you fall, and pull you out of that hole of despair."
"Y-You w-would d-do all th-that f-for m-me?" asked Emily in a shocked voice, looking up at Reese, while tears still ran down her cheeks.
"You bet I would!" said Reese smiling.
"W-Wow, thank y-you Reese!" said Emily, whose voice was still stuttering from tears, but who also managed a small smile.
"It's all right," said Reese shrugging "hey there's that smile back, but now we need to get rid of those tears really."
Before Emily could question what Reese meant, Reese wiped away her tears with his thumb. His touch was the gentlest touch that Emily had ever felt and it instantly sent shivers down her spine and made her realise that she actually did have someone who cared about her.
"But I think we also need to make sure that that smile stays on your face for a lot longer." said Reese, grinning mischievously, as he lifted Emily up and seated her next to him on her bed, while she looked confused.
"What are you doing Reese?" asked Emily suspiciously "I think you're planning something!"
"Maybe I am, maybe I'm not," said Reese "you'll have to wait to find out won't you?"
"That's not fair!" said Emily, raising her eyebrows slightly.
"Well, my mind won't be changed," said Reese grinning.
"Reese," said Emily in a pleading voice "please tell me what you're planning?"
"I can't!" said Reese, still grinning.
"Can you show me then?" asked Emily, smiling sweetly.
"Hmm, maybe." said Reese, as a mischievous glint appeared in his eyes.
"Please?" asked Emily, fluttering her eyelids "pretty please?"
"OK," sighed Reese "are you ready?"
"You bet!" said Emily excitedly.
With that Reese grinned and began to tickle Emily rapidly on the stomach. Emily dissolved into giggles, and ended up lying on the bed, making Reese beam with happiness. This continued for about half an hour and by that time Reese was laughing to himself as well, because Emily's giggles were just so infectious. After about half an hour, Emily shouted breathlessly through her giggles,
"Reese I can't breathe, please stop and I'll give you a hug!"
"Well now that might just be enough to make me stop," said Reese happily "as long as you promise!"
"I promise!" giggled Emily.
With that promise in mind, Reese stopped tickling Emily and helped her to sit up. Immediately Emily hugged Reese tightly, smiling when she felt Reese hug her back just as tightly. Soon after that, Reese pulled Emily into his lap and wrapped his arms around her again. This feeling was slowly and surely becoming very natural to both Emily and Reese, and they wouldn't want it to be any other way.
"Thank you Reese!" said Emily, who was resting her head on Reese's chest "for everything!"
"I didn't really do much." said Reese modestly.
"What are you talking about?" said Emily incredulously "you've done more than anyone else has ever done for me! You made sure I was all right. You sat with me through my tears and you cheered me up."
"Well I hate to see you upset," said Reese truthfully "it breaks my heart when you're upset so I want to cheer you up."
This last comment made Emily smile hugely, and she tightened her grip on Reese and leant into him more. Reese then smiled, and changed his and Emily's position so that they were lying down, face to face. At first Emily squealed with shock as Reese did this, but then, when she saw Reese lying next to her, she smiled and snuggled down into his embrace.
"You need someone to show you what it's like to be cared about Em." said Reese matter-of-factly.
"I know," said Emily sadly "but it's difficult for my parents to do that."
Again a single tear ran down Emily's cheek, and once again Reese spotted it, and gently wiped it away with his thumb before saying,
"Hey no more tears all right? I'm here now, and I'm going to look after you and show you what it's like to be cared for. My family will love you, not sure if you'll feel the same about them but they will love you!"
"I'm sure I'll love your family Reese." said Emily smiling.
"I'm not sure about that!" laughed Reese "my family are pretty weird!"
"I love weird!" said Emily smiling.
"That's all right then." said Reese "you should fit right in!"
Emily laughed, before a short comfortable silence between the two friends followed. Both Emily and Reese were quite comfortable lying on the bed with each other, they knew it seemed weird but it just felt right to them.
"So what do you want to do today, Em?" asked Reese.
"Don't know," said Emily truthfully "I really honestly don't know."
"Well what do you feel like doing?" asked Reese patiently "do you want to watch a film? Listen to music? Go to the park? Meet my family?"
"Can we watch a film?" asked Emily.
"Of course," said Reese "what do you want to watch?"
"Why don't you decide?" said Emily, smiling.
"Only if you want me to." said Reese.
Emily nodded, smiling. Reese didn't need telling twice so he got up off up of the bed and walked over to Emily's numerous collection of DVD's. Reese stood looking at Emily's DVD's for about five minutes before finally choosing Wayne's World, and taking it over to the DVD player. After that Reese climbed back onto Emily's bed and sat with his arm around her shoulders before saying,
"Do you want me to press play now?"
"I think we should get ice cream first," said Emily, smiling "what do you think?"
"Good idea!" exclaimed Reese "but what flavour?"
"Now that's a good question!" laughed Emily "come on, let's go see what's in the freezer."
With that, Emily and Reese climbed off the bed and walked downstairs into Emily's kitchen. Emily opened the freezer to reveal a multitude of ice cream flavours and Reese gasped in shock and excitement. There was almost every flavour there, from double chocolate chip to banana.
"Right take whatever flavours you want," said Emily, matter-of-factly "I'm going to make some popcorn and get some drinks."
Reese smiled, as he watched Emily walk into the kitchen, before taking various flavours of ice cream from the freezer including, double chocolate chip, Neapolitan, cookie dough, strawberry, vanilla, fudge, toffee, mint and chocolate. He carried them into Emily, and put them all on the worktop, and Emily laughed,
"Looks like we're not going to go hungry today!"
"No we won't," said Reese "this should be fun!"
"Mmmhmm," said Emily, who was preoccupied with putting the popcorn into bowls "well the spoons are in that drawer over there, can you take that lot upstairs?"
"Yes ma'am!" said Reese, grinning as he gave Emily a mock salute, before exiting the room.
Emily giggled to herself. She loved Reese's charm, he seemed like such an innocent, kind person and she couldn't understand why anyone would be mean to him. Emily poured the drinks and she was just about to grab them to take them upstairs when Reese came bounding into the room and said,
"What are you doing, Em?"
"Carrying these upstairs," said Emily "why?"
"No you're not," said Reese simply, as he took the mountains of food and drink out of Emily's arms.
"Reese, it's all right really," said Emily "I can manage."
"I don't care if you can manage or not, Em," said Reese defiantly "I'm not letting you carry these by yourself!"
Before Emily could even argue with Reese, he was out of the room and up the stairs. Emily sighed, as she thought that although she wanted to do these things by herself, sometimes it was best to let someone spoil her. Emily walked up the stairs and into her room to already find Reese sat on her bed with a tub of ice cream and two spoons, waiting for her.
"Come on Em!" he said excitedly.
Again Emily smiled and walked over to where Reese was sat, before sitting down next to him. Reese wrapped his arm around Emily's shoulders and handed her a spoon before pressing "PLAY" on the remote and tucking into the ice-cream himself. During the film, Emily and Reese laughed at the exact same times, and just generally had fun.
At the end of the film, both Reese and Emily had to wipe tears of laughter from their eyes and they smiled at each other before Emily said,
"I think we'd better tidy this up."
"Yeah, I guess you're right," said Reese smiling.
With that, Emily and Reese walked down the stairs and put all the rubbish in the bin before they decided to start the washing up. Reese was washing up and Emily was drying up. During this time Emily and Reese were both involved in a relaxed conversation about one of their greatest passions in life, wrestling.
"So who's your favourite wrestler then, Em?" asked Reese smiling.
"Edge, he's awesome," said Emily simply "what about you?"
"Same," said Reese "how creepy is that?"
"Wow!" said Emily smiling "that is creepy!"
The conversation continued for about ten minutes while Emily and Reese continued with the washing up. Both teenagers were captivated by each other and they simply wanted to spend all their time together. Then about ten minutes later, Reese who was washing up, took a pile of bubbles in his hand tapped Emily, who wasn't facing him on the shoulder.
"Hey Em, guess what?" he said grinning.
"What?" asked Emily curiously, as she turned around.
Reese grinned and he touched Emily's cheek with his hand, getting bubbles on her cheek. Then Reese brushed his finger against Emily's nose, causing bubbles to appear there too, as he chuckled as her shocked expression.
"Reese!" said Emily in mock annoyance "I can't believe you just did that!"
"Did what?" asked Reese, grinning and putting his hands behind his back, while trying to look innocent.
"This!" said Emily, smirking as she grabbed a handful of bubbles and smothered them in Reese's hair.
"Oh you're going to get it now!" said Reese happily.
"Really?" asked Emily, teasingly.
"Yes." said Reese, in a mock serious voice.
With that, Reese dipped his hands into the bubbles in the sink and piled the bubbles on Emily's head. She gasped in shock, but grinned all the same, as she did the same to Reese. Then Reese grabbed another handful of bubbles and set off to chase Emily who was now running around the table. Emily grinned as she got to the sink and grabbed another handful of bubbles and put them on Reese's shirt. Reese laughed as Emily set off at a run. Reese followed his friend's lead and caught up with her easily. Once he had caught up with Emily Reese wrapped his arms around her waist getting bubbles all over her shirt. Emily giggled in delight, as she lost her balance and fell over, knocking Reese over in the process, so that they both ended up on the floor laughing.
"That was fun!" said Reese happily.
"Yeah it was," said Emily, who was still giggling "thanks Reese."
"For what?" asked Reese.
"For cheering me up." said Emily.
"Hey it's no problem!" said Reese "I like to see you happy!"
Emily smiled as Reese hugged her before saying,
"You will be all right won't you Em?"
"Yeah, I should be," said Emily "thanks to you."
"That's good," said Reese "I'm really, really sorry Em, but I have to go, look over there, that's my mum, looks like she wants me to go home!"
"Oh, all right then," said Emily, trying to hide her disappointment.
"Hey don't worry, I'll see you tomorrow!" said Reese smiling "I promise! And by the way, how would you like to come over for dinner tomorrow night?"
"I'd love to!" said Emily, feeling a bit happier now "will your family mind though?"
"No of course not," said Reese "I told my Mum about you last night and she really wants to meet you!"
"OK then, I'd love to come!" said Emily.
"All right then." said Reese standing up and helping Emily up "I'll see you tomorrow then?"
"You know it." said Emily.
With that thought in mind Reese and Emily hugged each other tightly, holding onto each other for a little longer than necessary. When they let go of each other, both Emily and Reese were smiling and Reese said,
"Do you want to spend the day together tomorrow?"
"Sounds good." said Emily truthfully.
"OK then, I'll be round at your house by half past nine then." said Reese.
"I'll see you then!" said Emily happily.
"Can't wait!" said Reese excitedly as he hugged Emily again.
"Me either!" said Emily just as excitedly as she hugged Reese too.
Once they let each other go, Reese and Emily walked off in their separate directions. Once he got to the gate to go out of Emily's garden, Reese turned around to make sure Emily had got into her house safely, and to his delight, she was stood on her back door step looking back at him. Reese smiled and waved as Emily, who smiled and waved back. With that simple gesture in mind both Reese and Emily went their separate ways thinking about tomorrow.
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